No. 1 Sooners Shine at Metroplex Challenge
|Vault||Brenna Dowell (OU)||9.95|
|Bars||Maddie Karr (DU)||9.95|
|Beam||Maggie Nichols (OU)||9.975|
|Floor||Degouveia, Dowell, Showers, Trautman (OU)||9.925|
|AA||Anastasia Webb (OU)||39.550|
|OU Team Highs|
|Floor||Degouveia, Dowell, Showers, Trautman||9.925|
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Deep in the heart of Texas, the No. 1 Oklahoma gymnastics team shined at the Metroplex Challenge, tallying a 197.975 to take home the Metroplex Cup.
The Sooners took down No. 7 Denver (196.350), No. 15 Missouri (196.200) and No. 21 Arkansas (195.825) in their first podium meet of the season. Inside the Fort Worth Convention Center, where NCAA Championships will take place in April, the Sooners were lights out from start to finish.
“When you have that first podium meet, it’s always good to see how they respond to the podium, how they warm up,” head coach K.J. Kindler said. “Those kind of things can be important down the road and I feel like they handled it well. It can be a little harder to control everything and I thought they handled it very well.”
OU has topped the 197 mark in each of its last four meets and their score from Saturday stands as the second best in the country this season. The Sooners now boast the top three scores in the nation this year.
“We competed 13 people today, which to me is gigantic,” Kindler said. “I don’t think we’ve ever competed 13 people. That does say a lot for our depth and that we have some choices and we can rest some people down the road. I’m very excited about that. We’ve had different lineups almost every week, which I think is great. I’m kind of a creature of habit and I like to keep some things consistent and I like that we’ve been pushed to go out of our comfort zone with lineups and really give a lot of people opportunities. I think it will make us stronger at the end of the day.”
Sophomore Anastasia Webb earned her first all-around victory, notching a 39.550. Senior Brenna Dowell took home a pair of event titles, earning the vault title outright with a 9.95 and sharing the floor title with a 9.925. Also sharing the floor title with Dowell were teammates juniors Jade Degouveia and Bre Showers and freshman Olivia Trautman. Maggie Nichols took home the event title on beam with a 9.975, and Denver's Maddie Karr earned the bar title with a 9.95.
The Sooners started off strong on vault, notching a 49.500, with a career-high from Trautman and a season-high from Dowell. Dowell anchored with a near perfect Yurchenko 1.5 for a season-high 9.95. Trautman tallied a 9.9 on her Yurchenko 1.5, setting her season and career high. Degouveia also added a 9.9 in the No. 4 spot.
Senior Nicole Lehrmann and sophomore Anastasia Webb each earned a 9.875 for their respective vaults, while junior Bre Showers tallied a 9.825 in the leadoff position.
Nichols was back in the bar lineup for the Sooners as they tallied a 49.400 to lead with a 98.900 through two rotations. Nichols anchored for OU, tallying a team-high 9.925. Senior Alex Marks had a career day, setting her career-high with a 9.9 in the No. 2 spot. Webb tied her season high with a 9.875 in the leadoff spot.
Lehrmann tallied a 9.9 in the No. 5 spot, the 17th time in the last 18 meets that she has put up a 9.9 or better. Sophomore Karrie Thomas added a 9.8 in the No. 3 spot.
OU tallied its second-highest beam score of the season with a 49.500 in the third rotation. Nichols anchored with a absolutely flawless routine, tying her season high with a 9.975 as she earned a 10.0 from one of the judges. Webb added a 9.925 in the No. 5 spot on a gorgeous routine and stuck dismount.
Showers tied her season high with a 9.9 in the No. 4 spot. Trautman and Lehrmann led off the event, both earning 9.85s.
Floor was the highlight of the night as the Sooners posted a season-best 49.575 in the final rotation to secure the victory. The event saw career and season highs as four Sooners posted a 9.925.
Webb made sure to get the rotation started off strong, posting a 9.875 in the leadoff spot. Showers was absolutely incredible in her return to the floor, earning a career high 9.925. Degouveia followed with a performance full of sass, setting her career high as well with a 9.925.
Dowell once again broke out the front-double pike, known in the gym world as the “Dowell”, earning a season high 9.925. Anchoring the event was the always phenomenal Trautman, who added the fourth 9.925 of the night.
“We really needed this on floor,” Kindler said. “We really needed to rebound from last week and build our confidence on that event. We’re great on it but we just aren’t putting it up there every week. A lot of different people have gotten experience on that event and I feel like we have a lot of people we can draw routines from now.”
The Sooners return to the friendly confines of Lloyd Noble Center for a top-five matchup with No. 3 Florida. The meet is slated for Friday, Feb. 1, at 6:45 p.m. CT.